Koreans rule the mat in Greco-Roman

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Apr 20, 2013 02:02 IST

Chang-Gun An played a pivotal role in South Korea winning the title in the Greco-Roman category on the second day of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships.

On Friday, at the IG Stadium, Chang scored a victory over Yerulan Iskakov of Kazkhastan in the final of the 96kg to ensure the title for Korea. Iran finished second.

But Chang's teammate, Jin-Sung Park, was unlucky to miss out on gold in 84kg. The Korean dominated the first round but a silly mistake in the second saw his rival from Uzbekistan, Rustam Assakalov, overpowering him and winning gold. Korea had earlier won gold in the 55kg, 66kg and 74kg groups.

Medals continued to elude India. For the second day on the trot, the hosts missed out on a bronze. India's ranking could have gone up had Bhim Singh, competing in 96kg, not stumbled against Devoud Enollah Gilnirang. The Iranian won a solitary point in the first round, but dominated the second by racing to an 8-0 lead. At that point, the Indian hurt his knee and had to withdraw.

With the Greco-Roman events coming to an end, India's Greco-Roman coach, Hargobind Singh, is hoping for a better show in the freestyle events.


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